KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian Youth Parliament made history when it convened for the first time involving 133
delegates, who debated numerous motions in a calm and controlled atmosphere at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
The conference, which started at 10am, was chaired by Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee, and was followed by prayers.
Just like the Dewan Rakyat conference, Parliament officers and personnel were also present, including Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Rosmee Hamzah.
In a brief speech, Kiandee hoped the delegates would debate wisely and maturely by forwarding solid ideas on current issues.
He also believed that at the end of the debate, the delegates could formulate various youth programmes to be forwarded to the youth and sport ministry and other parties for further feedback.
The conference convened when Education and Career Committee member Mohd Abroar Mohd Sidek, (Selangor Delegate 10) stood up and suggested that the government set up a skills excellence scholarship scheme to help skills students further their studies.
The Youth Parliament was initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, two years ago, and among others, is aimed at churning out back-up leaders of calibre and competence, in line with the nation’s current and future needs.
Of the 133 youth members involved in the Youth Parliament conference, 13 were appointed while the rest were picked.
Altogether, there are nine committees namely, Socio-Economy; International and Diplomatic Relations; Security, Law and Integrity; Education and Careers, as well as Culture, Sports, Patriotism and Integration.